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'Tis the Season for Law Firms to Invite Laid-Off Lawyers to Holiday Parties

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An invitation to a holiday party being hosted by Morgan Lewis & Bockius wasn’t greeted as glad tidings by every recipient.

While being included in the event is perhaps a nice gesture, hearing about the firm’s successful year in a lengthy newsletter to law firm alumni hasn’t put them in a mood for celebration, two unidentified individuals tell Above the Law.

“I still have some friends there, but do the partners who fired me really think I want to rub elbows and pretend to be friendly with them one more time?” writes one, apparently still smarting from being let go by the firm in March.

“We invite alumni to our holiday parties. It’s a long-standing tradition at our firm,” a law firm spokeswoman tells the ABA Journal.

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Updated at 5:45 p.m. to include response from Morgan Lewis.

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